Visiting the dentist can be a scary thing, especially if you haven’t been in a while. But going in for a routine checkup and dental cleaning is a vital part of maintaining good oral health. However, when visiting a James Island, SC dentist like Dale Probst, DMD, you don’t have to worry. Our staff wants you to know what to expect when you visit us. We believe this information will lower your anxiety levels and make you feel a lot more comfortable in the dentist’s chair.
Here’s What Happens at a Routine Dental Cleaning
When you go in for a routine dental cleaning, your dentist will want to get an overall picture of your health. You may be asked to fill out a health history, especially if you’re a new patient or if it’s been awhile since your last dental exam. You’ll also be asked if you smoke, drink, if you’ve had any injuries to your mouth, or if you have pain or sensitivity in your teeth.
Next, a dental hygienist will take a look in your mouth and take X-rays. Most dentists use “bite wings,” where you bite down on a small section of film while a small X-ray machine snaps a picture of each section of your teeth. Other dentists may do a panoramic X-ray that scans your mouth from one side to the other.
Then your hygienist will scrape plague and tartar off all the surfaces of your teeth with various tools and instruments. They’ll be as gentle as possible during this part of the process. While they’re working, they’ll point out any problem areas that you may need to focus on when you’re brushing. Afterwards, they’ll floss and polish your teeth. The polishing will leave your teeth feeling very smooth and clean.
At the end of your cleaning, the dentist will stop in to look at your X-rays and talk to the hygienist. They’ll let you know if there are any issues with your teeth, like cavities or thinning enamel.
We hope this makes you less afraid to visit the dentist for a routine examination. If you’re looking for a Charleston, SC dentist who’ll take the time to make you comfortable while caring for your teeth, call the office of Dale Probst, DMD. We offer convenient, comfortable general dentistry, family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry services.